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KUWAIT - Health & Education

Prof. Suad M. AlFadhli

Former Acting President, Kuwait University

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Prof. Suad M. AlFadhli is Former Acting President of Kuwait University.

"Kuwait University was established in 1966 and has been present for 56 years in the educational environment."
Kuwait University is the country’s only state university and guarantees excellent employment for its graduates.
What are the major advantages for students choosing to attend Kuwait University?

Kuwait University was established in 1966 and has been present for 56 years in the educational environment. For more than five decades, it has been the only state University in Kuwait, providing education to nearly 43,000 students annually. Kuwait University provides students an allowance that rises if they get a high GPA. Graduates from Kuwait University will likely have more job opportunities than those graduating from private universities due to the versatilities of the specialties offered by Kuwait University. Employment is guaranteed for most because they graduate with high competencies. We work to provide more programs every year from different colleges and potentially with new colleges every few years, matching the global rhythm for different disciplines, such as healthcare, social care, or the law. In Kuwait, most Kuwait University graduates go on to hold high-ranking positions. In addition, we send our top students for a scholarship to pursue their master’s and PhD education, whereby we carefully select prestigious schools worldwide to send them. On top of this, we trace our student’s progress and outcome. When they return, they hold faculty member positions with tenure. Our promotion system is strict but competitive; only those doing excellent work merit promotion. Kuwait University enjoys a solid reputation locally and internationally, proven by our graduates being accepted for postgraduate studies at prestigious high schools worldwide.

What explains the success of students of the scientific research faculty in the field?

Kuwait University facilitates a suitable climate for a researcher. In medical care, for example, we have good agreements with the Ministry of Health to promote medical research after passing ethical approval. We have an ethical approval committee to review grants or projects, even if not funded by the medical school medical campus and the Ministry of Health. If approved, the approval is circulated at all medical centers in Kuwait to facilitate the researcher with their proposal. You can receive ethical approval even before you receive funding. Funding can be obtained from the Kuwait University Research Administration, which is generous if they believe in you, perceive research productivity, and encourage newcomers. Once newly joined, you automatically receive a RIG grant of KWD2,000, which will set the base, and you can later expand your budget and reapply for a larger project from Kuwait University. The procedure will always include sending proposals that exceed KWD10,000 for evaluation by three experts outside Kuwait. Once the research project gets accepted and funded, the researcher must submit an annual report. If your yearly reports are excellent with proof of high research productivity, you can request further funding once you conclude the project, and you will be entitled to incentive rewards. Kuwait University encourages researchers to include undergraduate and postgraduate students in research. We have a solid School of Graduate Studies offering123 postgraduate programs from various colleges around Kuwait University. They also have a system for funding grants for masters and PhD students. The researchers can appoint research assistants to their research, and professors are also allowed to appoint postdocs. This fosters the exchange of knowledge and scientific research. We encourage research for the faculty of newly joined members and professors. I proposed investing in a significant national project led by one of the leaders in research, a well-known and internationally recognized researcher. Then, researchers from different colleges tackle the research problem with their approach. We have started researching non-communicable diseases, wherein I will be the leader, having previously worked in this area. The project involves screening the university population, students, and faculty staff for cavity and kidney profiles and a glucose profile. I will approach the project from the social science perspective. I have an individual from the social sciences, and a statistician, Dr. Noria AlKanderi, on my team. I have a public health professor and three master’s students. I will have a physician from the Ministry of Health. If we gather the data, we can help with a vision or a health plan for Kuwait for the next decade. There are certain hidden diseases we don’t recognize, such as kidney failure. This could be because of COVID or the vaccine’s side effects. This could have affected our internal organs, such as the kidneys. Some of us might not have a 100% functional renal system capable of preventing illness. This is a national project, and I am encouraging faculty members to have a mega national project sponsored by the major companies in Kuwait that we can divide into sectors. For example, engineers can have one related to the oil industry. We are changing the mentality of handling research. Instead of small, narrow projects, we want to increase the intensity and participation within the national mega projects.

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